The Cervical Spine Infected After Surgery

  • U. Rodegerdts
  • D. R. Rao
  • A. Weidner
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Complications after anterior cervical spinal surgery are infrequent, and usually due to technical error. Infection is a strikingly rare complication [2, 4], in comparison to infection in the thoracic or lumbar spine. In reviewing the combined cases of our two clinics, we came across four cases of deep infection over the past eight years. Curiously, the cervical spine is infrequently affected even in cases of hematogenous osteomyelitis, with figures ranging from 4–11% of all spinal osteomyelitis [3].


Lumbar Spine Cervical Spine Bone Graft Anterior Cervical Discectomy Hematogenous Osteomyelitis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Rodegerdts
    • 1
  • D. R. Rao
    • 1
  • A. Weidner
    • 2
  1. 1.BremerhavenGermany
  2. 2.OsnabrückFederal Republic of Germany

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